Android-powered Nokia X (Normandy) rumor round up: specs, interface, release date and price


Even by the liberal standards of rumors, the Nokia X (Normandy) has been quite an elusive device. It's kind of unnerving, really, seeing as we keep on getting fed more and more tangible-looking information about what is said to be Nokia's first (and perhaps only) Android device, and yet, at the same time, we can't shake off that feeling that something doesn't quite add up. You see, Microsoft bought Nokia. Microsoft is also responsible for Windows Phone, a mobile platform that has struggled, clawing its way to the top 3 -- a goal Microsoft set for itself. It does not make sense for Microsoft to ever let an Android device make it out of the lab, even if there was such project to begin with. Truth is, we don't really know. But we like our chances regardless. Master leaker @evleaks has been very consistent in providing intel about the project, and he's had a pretty stellar track record as far as rumors go. Better than anyone else, actually. 

So, now that we've firmly established a bittersweet mood, we should probably move ahead and share everything that we know so far. We'll try and be methodical about it, as we actually have quite some clues about what the Nokia X (Normandy) may end up looking like, and we're not without a clue as to what to expect on the inside. Let's talk rumors, boys.

An Asha design


As you no doubt gleaned from the header image, the Nokia X embodies Nokia's Asha line design language in full. A polycarbonate body is what encases the device within, and even signature Asha cues, like the left chevron (the '<' symbol) capacitative button are making an appearance. In fact, being likened to the Asha line has given rise to a an alternative theory that the Nokia X may be, after all, a new generation of Asha. But more on that later. 

The only other detail that we were made privy to, is the rumor that the Nokia X will come in 6 different color options, which is not at all unlike Nokia, to be perfectly honest.

Android without its beating heart?


Most of you will need little persuasion: the app ecosystem is what defines the platform. Unfortunately, we've been given some conflicting information as to what approach exactly Nokia would take, should the Android-powered X ever become a reality. 

The most reasonable, and supported by evidence claim is, that the Nokia X will run a fork of the open-sourced OS. Like Amazon. Unlike Amazon, however, Nokia doesn't really have a comparable app store, meaning that the Android running on the X may be gutted. On the other hand, some of the initial screenshots of the Nokia X's UI do showcase a few popular apps, and @evleaks did mention that a Nokia Store plus a third-party store will make an appearance with the phone. It's also worth pointing out that, in contrast, a Vietnamese retailer actually posted a listing for Nokia's Android phone recently, and the listing itself pointed towards support for Google's Play Store and other essential Google services. It's obviously possible that this is a simple misunderstanding, and the phone was uploaded with a generic set of attributes meant for your typical Android device, but it's also worth keeping in mind.


But lets talk interface. As evident, Nokia seems to have worked up quite the Android skin. It screams Nokia, and it doesn't really feel like Android at all. If anything, many have likened the UI to that of Windows Phone due the tiles (check gallery at the bottom). In any case, @evleaks claims that the phone will have "two ways of interaction", likely referring to the arrangement of the homescreen and how you get to use it.

The Nokia X's low-end innards


Ever resourceful, @evleaks has also provided us with some concrete specs that we can expect the Nokia X to come 'boasting' under its unpretentious hood. We're told to expect a very compact, 4-inch WVGA display (480x800) of unknown make, a 5-megapixel rear shooter, and a 1500mAh battery. Powering the handset will be something just as humble -- a dual-core, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM. The Nokia X is said to be outfitted with two SIM slots and 4GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD card. These specs actually corroborate with the aforementioned specs on Vietnamese Gioididong's site, which also adds Android 4.4 KitKat into the mix, along with support for Bluetooth and FM radio. As you can guess, it'll be quite surprising to see Nokia jump right onto the very last version of Google's OS, though that sure would make for a grand entrance.

Anyway, these specs are obviously nothing really impressive, though an entry into the Browsermark benchmarking suite of a device code-named RM-980 may indicate that at least browsing is something that the Nokia X will handle without any serious hassle. We're only assuming that this is the Nokia X, because there's no other Nokia device that could run Chrome for mobile -- the very browser that was used when running the benchmark. The score the Nokia X achieved, 1886, puts it in the same league as mid-range devices such as the Sony Xperia C and even the Lumia 1020. Who knows, perhaps Google really did streamline Android with KitKat, and it is now indeed more welcoming to devices with 512MB of RAM.

Price and release date


We've been given no concrete price range or release date for the Nokia X, but that doesn't mean we haven't been hearing stuff, or that we're without some imagination. It stands to reason to expect the Nokia X to be a very affordable device, aimed at emerging markets, where the glut for cheap smartphones is currently off the charts. Seeing as the $100 Lumia 520 was such a massive hit for the company, we'd expect Nokia to know better than most, and not go overboard with the price tag.

As for a release date, there's been some murmur about a possible MWC release, but also rumors of a March unveiling. From what we gather, however, these claims are mostly rooted in speculation born off the date shown in some of the renders -- Tuesday, the 25th. As it turns out, both February the 25th (when the MWC is taking place) and March 25th happen to fall on a Tuesday, which is why either of the two months is suggested. In other words, keep on checking back, as we'll be keeping this post up to date with the latest rumors we come across.

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30 Comments

1. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"Microsoft bought Nokia" All these months and i still can't accept/come to terms with that fact.

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i'm seeing good sell numbers for this Normandy

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Go see a therapist.

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I understand your anger, and I'm sorry for you loosing your favorite company to MS.. ...................... But, that's no reason for you to troll every single WP/MS related article, trying to take it out on any positive, or negative, news about our platform.. What are you hoping to accomplish?

14. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

My comments about WP8 are NOT due to my anger at MS. I'm stating the facts as it is. I've had WP7/7.5 device, and now, WP8 device, so my statements have credibility to it. If only the WP fans took the criticism positively and stop supporting WP, Microsoft may take some initiative to improve the platform which you, the fans/users, paid money for.

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

All the things that you sit here and complain about article, after article, us WP fans already communicate directly to Microsoft through the correct channels.. We know what bugs the platform has, we know what important apps, and features are missing, and we try our best to do something about it.. ........................... Let me ask you this... Besides, complaining about WP here on PA, repeating the same old crap over, and over,, what have YOU done constructive to help the platform?... ................... If you want people to accept, and respect, your criticism then make sure it's constructive criticism... Never think for once that a WP fan believes that WP, MS, or even Nokia is perfect.. Just because we don't care to hear bashing doesn't mean that we're naive to the fact that there's still work to be done.... But, your whining on every article doesn't help... You're the one who obviously keeps buying WP devices, for whatever reason, so why don't you do something more constructive to better your experience.. .................. Heck, I'll even help you contact the appropriate people, who actually matter, to voice your issues.. Do you want me to post some links? Seriously, I'd be glad to.. I'm serious, I would love to help.. After all, that's what we're supposed to be here for, to better our experience, and help each other out, not to fight, and argue on every article... So, what's up??

21. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"what have YOU done constructive to help the platform?" Either you fans aren't complaining about what needs to be complained, or Microsoft isn't listening. "us WP fans already communicate directly to Microsoft through the correct channels." Since you and other fans see my complaints, you can forward my complaints to MS through the correct channels. "You're the one who obviously keeps buying WP devices, for whatever reason" First time, I didn't know what I was getting into Second time, for Nokia. There's a site dedicated especially for suggesting improvements for WP8. It's flooded with suggestions and Microsoft just needs to implement it. Yet, they choose to ignore it.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong... ..................... Nevermind.. It's not worth trying to make peace with some people...

16. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

"troll". LOL. Rodney Poolboy for Elop...pot calling the kettle black. On a side note, Nokia > whatever OS it runs, no matter how lousy it is.

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Your profile picture explains your maturity level, so it's kinda easy to deal with your insults.... ............. But, if it makes you feel better about yourself then carry on, my friend.. It's all good....

2. jaspergrantus

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Google + nokia = I wish it'd be the smartest of all phones!

13. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Agreed. Google openness and innovative spirit with Nokia camera technology and design.

3. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Nokia Normandy looks a little more real day by day, and doesn't ever seem to get totally debunked. Personally, I think replacing Series 40 with an Android fork is about the best option for Nokia. Since Microsoft makes decent royalties off of the sale of many Android devices, I am not super surprised that they would allow Android onto a Nokia device, especially since the seemingly least-acceptable alternative is to keep churning out dusty old Series 40 Asha's.

9. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

There's only one problem I have when it comes to this phone actually being released.. WPCentral isn't reporting about it anymore.. And, they just did a whole post on why they do, and don't, report on certain rumors... .......................http://www.wpcentral.com/editorial-why-dont-you-report-fake-news

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You're a mark. WPcentral is a great place to go for WINDOWS info. You should plant yourself there permanently.

23. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You're saying that WPCentral doesn't report on the most accurate Nokia information? ................... Today you have even beat yourself in irrelevant, immature, fictional, unworthy comments... Are you for real? ................... I don't have very much respect for people like you, but I don't think that you're a complete idiot at all.. That is why I'm actually surprise about that last comment you made...... Really?

24. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

No, it is a good question. Why would WPCentral have the most up to date information on a non-WP Nokia device? It isn't within their scope of operation, is it? I mean, WPCentral should be about all things Windows Phone, right? And not much more. So why would they carry specs of the Nokia Normandy? They wouldn't, would they?

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol.. Trust me.. They report on everything Nokia.. At one point we told them to change it to NPcentral... Trust me, they are a extremely reliable source, and they do follow everything Nokia, even when it's Android related.. I know it's kinda weird, but it is what it is... ........................ Now, I'm not saying that WPC is saying that device isn't coming out.. Its just that WPC has stopped reporting on the device, even as less trust worthy sites, as PA, have continued with these rumors. And that is their policy. They only report when their most reliable sources can back it up.. This is not something for any of us to make finally judgment about, but WPC not reporting lately on Normandy is something to consider.. Its just something to consider.. I'm not being biased at all, rather just looking at the situation very logically.. http://www.wpcentral.com/search/google/nokia%20Normandy%20?query=nokia%20Normandy%20&cx=014216872077768605770%3Ab6csmfpoywo&cof=FORID%3A11&sitesearch=

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Actually, you'd be surprised! WPC reports on pretty much everything Nokia, WP, Windows, PC, and Xbox related.. They do reviews on keyboards, monitors, mouses, and everything MS related.. Lately there has been much discussion about the wide rage of products, and services they cover... This is not just about WP, which is weird because it's called WPCentral.. But, mobile nations is a extremely reliable, and professional source for ALL things Mobil... WPCentral is part of the Mobile networks chain, but just like WP they do their own thing.. you should make an account and join us on WPC.. Your input in comments would be very welcome.

28. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Do they report on Asha series phones when they come out? If so, please provide a sample link. Much appreciated!

30. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Good question.. No they usually don't.. And there's reason why... The only reason that WPC would report on a Nokia device running Android is that such a device would in theory affect WP one way or another.. The only time WPC has reported on Asha devices is when it's been related to the purchase of Nokia's devices division.. Before that Asha devices really didn't have much to do with anything WP, but still WPC has made mention of them.. ...................... Nevertheless, this is about to change with MS taking control of the Asha brand.. Either way, if it's worthy news about Normandy, you can be sure that WPC will cover it.. http://www.wpcentral.com/eyes-nokias-hot-new-dual-layer-polycarbonate-shell-asha-devices http://www.wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-1520-and-asha-series-already-showing-coming-soon-india http://www.wpcentral.com/and-nokia-qwerty-keyboard-surprise-was-asha-210

4. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

nokia will overprice they are also known for overpricing eg. asha phones :P

6. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

512MB of RAM is plain unrealistic for any Android device considering that only around ~350MB will be available to the OS and apps, the rest being hardware reserved.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

KitKat is optimized to run on 512 MB.

10. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

The usable memory is about 480 MB.

12. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

What is wrong with 350MB free RAM??? Thats good enough for smooth operation.. I had HTC One V which had 512MB RAM, only 120MB free, still worked ok.. Now flawlessly but still ok... 350MB is much nicer....

15. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If Microsoft truly wants to be a Devices and services corporation it will have it's own name brand like the MS "Lumia" smart phone brand that will come into existence when the Microsoft Nokia deal is finalized and it will allow The Nokia modified Android "ASHA" to exist. WHY= "To make Money$". Microsoft spent Billions to get Nokia's smart phone assets and the rights to use patents Nokia did not sell to them Microsoft needs a return on their big investments in Nokia smart phone tech. Microsoft knows that the Nokia LOW END Lumia 520 and 525 smart phones are selling very well and know that if Microsoft had an Android version of it for sale under their control they would make money selling them to Android FANS. this is a cheap smart they cant loose selling it. now the big Question is Is Microsoft smart enough to go for after all this would be only one Android product for them to sell. they have several great Windows 8. and the coming Brand New Windows 8.1smart going up for sale this year. they will make money off of them also

18. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

If Microsoft has half a clue, they can sell Android phones with their cross-licensed Nokia apps catalog they'll have access to and add whatever Binged-out stuff they want. If they really want to own this, they could roll Office on it and make it exclusive to their models.

27. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Those specs are just underpowered. I know that kitkat is optimized to run on 512MB of RAM, but what about apps? Android is all about apps isnt it??? And 262k color instead of 16M. For real??

29. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

KitKat will work within 512MB of RAM, though how well that will run is debateable. If Android at all, then it is likely to be Nokia's own fork of it, so apps may not be all the rage on this device like they are on Google's Android devices. I sure hope that the Normandy has a price tag that reflects the step down in the specs, as an Asha device ought to... even then, I do hear cries of overpricing, but perhaps the Android underpinnings are meant to alleviate the poor image of Asha under the Series 40 banner, and at least make this device a little more capable. I'll laugh if they charge more than $100 for one when (if) it makes it to consumer market.

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